12 Remarkable Facts About Alcohol

It's Been Here A While...

It's Been Here A While...

Evidence of alcohol having been a part of the lives of human beings shows that it has been a very long time since it was first invented. Discovery of late Stone Age jugs seem to point to intentionally fermented beverages existing at least as early as the Neolithic period (about 10,000 BC).

The Legal Drinking Age

The Legal Drinking Age

The highest legal alcohol drinking age is twenty one, shared by a few countries such as the United States and Sri Lanka. Whilst most countries have the age set at eighteen, there are a few which have an age of sixteen, such as Azerbaijan and Haiti. In some countries, the ages at which someone can consume differ from the age at which they may purchase alcohol and then there are some nations which have different ages for beer and spirits. Of course, whilst there are countries without a legal age limit, in some countries such as Sudan and Saudi Arabia, alcohol is totally illegal.



Drunk In Space

Drunk In Space

Alcohol is not merely a terrestrial substance which is limited to Earth, it has also been found in space. About 6500 light years away in a region known as W3(OH), there is a giant cloud of alcohol made up mostly of methyl alcohol (non-drinkable) with a small amount of ethyl alcohol (drinkable).

The Rise Of Cocktails

The Rise Of Cocktails

Cocktails became popular in the United States during the prohibition period. The cocktails were mixed to mask the fact that they contained alcohol as of course, it as illegal during this time. Popular cocktails included Mary Pickford, French 75, Barbary Coast, Bee’s Knees, and the Sidecar.



Drunk Right Now

Drunk Right Now

Right now, around the planet, there are about fifty million people who are drunk right now. Research has suggested that at any given time, 0.7% of the world population is drunk. Bottoms up…

The Billionaire Vodka

The Billionaire Vodka

A bottle of the world’s most expensive vodka will only set you back around US $3.75 million. Hang on; 3.75 million bucks?! “The Billionaire Vodka” is first ice-filtered, then filtered through Nordic birch charcoal and lastly passed through sand made from crushed diamonds and gems. It is sold in a platinum and rhodium encased, diamond encrusted crystal bottle. Seems a little unnecessary doesn’t it?



Who Handles It Best?

Who Handles It Best?

If you are big and muscly, you will generally be able to handle your alcohol better than someone with a higher percentage of body fat. Water-rich muscle tissues absorb alcohol more effectively, preventing it from reaching the brain.

A Viking Toast

A Viking Toast

Just like us, the Vikings of a bygone era liked to celebrate a victory with a drink in toast of victorious glory. However, apparently they didn’t use the same vessels as we might choose. It is said that they would often use the skulls of those who they had defeated to drink from.



Auto-Brewery Syndrome

Auto-Brewery Syndrome

Auto-brewery syndrome, also known as gut fermentation syndrome, is a rare medical condition in which intoxicating quantities of alcohol are produced through endogenous fermentation within the digestive system. Numerous cases have been documented in medical literature and what it all means is, some people get drunk without drinking but it might not be at the most convenient times.

The Big Beer Drinkers

The Big Beer Drinkers

The country which drinks the most beer per capita is the Czech Republic. The average Czech drinks about 40 gallons of beer per year, leaving other nations known for their love of beer like Germany and Ireland, far behind.



A Tarantula Shot

A Tarantula Shot

In Cambodia, one of the most popular drinks is tarantula brandy. It is simply a shot of rice liquor which, for some reason, has a freshly deceased tarantula thrown in.

...And The World's Most Popular?

...And The World's Most Popular?

The world’s most popular alcohol is not beer but in fact, it is vodka; and by a long way too. Around the world, about five billion liters of vodka is consumed every single year.